February 7 2008

February 7 2008 - Sociology 101 February 7, 2008 Grades for...

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Sociology 101 February 7, 2008 Grades for the first reaction paper are posted on WebCT Chapter Three: Social Structure Social structure can be understood as a relatively stable pattern of social interaction o Social structure is inherent to human social life, and is related strongly to culture o Social structure can be considered the setting where culture is acted out Status, or the social position that an individual occupies, define who we are and the manner of in which we relate to others o Some statuses are ranked, but some are not o Since an individual can occupy more than one status, a status set, which is all the statuses which an individual occupies Examples include gender Race Age Family Class Sexual orientation Occupation o Not all statuses that a person occupies are relevant in all situations One’s age status may not be relevant in a classroom, whereas their educational status probably is o The term status inconsistency is applied when different statuses do not fit together smoothly For example, your gender status may be high as a male, but your racial status may be low as a minority o Status symbols are used to identify the status we occupy and tells others how to behave towards us o Status can be described as either Ascribed or Achieved Ascribed Statuses are those we are born into and cannot change, or that we acquire involuntarily
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Goodman during the Spring '07 term at New Mexico.

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